A Guided Retreat focuses on a particular topic, field of scripture or life and faith issues. There is often one or two conferences or talks. Like a Directed Retreat, there is some opportunity for individual spiritual companioning, but not necessarily on a daily basis. A Guided Retreat can last for a couple of days, like a weekend retreat, or for much longer time depending on what is planned for the group. It is meant to provide a quieter atmosphere for prayer and contemplation. It is a retreat that a group makes together with the leader(s) providing input based on a theme. The conferences or talks provide direction and opportunity for further reflection, but most of each day is unscheduled. Retreats provide a time to slow down our bodies, minds and spirits enabling us to listen more deeply to the movement of God’s Spirit in our lives and therefore, silence during particular parts of the day or even at meals is often a part of a Guided Retreat.
Preached retreats have a speaker who gives reflections on a particular theme. Conferences are normally offered two to three times in a day.
A private retreat provides persons of any faith an opportunity for prayer in the contemplative environment of the Franciscan Spiritual Center. Retreats provide a time to slow down our bodies, minds and spirits enabling us to listen more deeply to the movement of God’s Spirit in our lives and, therefore, silence is often provided during this time.
For those who would like a liturgy in the Catholic tradition daily Eucharsist is available in Our Lady of Angels Convent chapel and the Franciscan Office is also said before Mass and in the evening.
Often arrangements can be made for a private retreat at the Franciscan Spiritual Center, Clare House, or the Hermitages when space is available at these locations. To make arrangements please call: